The Woodlands TX-77382
● Over six years of college/ undergraduate level teaching and mentoring experience in biological sciences.
● Over eight years of research experience in pharmaceutical/healthcare and academic settings.
● Wide range of scientific knowledge and technical skills in the areas of Biology including Human Anatomy & Physiology, Immunology, Molecular Biology, and Genetics.
● Integrate various forms of technology on a constant basis to improve students comprehension of various concepts.
● Incorporate exciting and engaging activities that motivates and reinforce student's participation and hands-on learning.
● Set clear guidelines and high expectations to encourage students to succeed and do their best.
● Monitor and analyze student progress through periodic assessment tests, revising lessons and providing individualized support as necessary.
● Implement student discipline measures, to decrease classroom disruptions increasing stable behaviors in the classroom.
● Develop excellent rapport with students.
● Consistently recognized on both oral and written evaluations as exceed expectations in relations to orderliness, timeliness, patience and ability to communicate effectively with students.
● Collaborate with colleagues to share best practices and refine teaching techniques.
● Perform regular administrative duties such as grade/record keeping and daily attendance.
● Self-confidence and presentation skills. Stamina and being able to work under pressure.
Ph.D, Microbiology and Immunology, Texas A&M University Aug. 2002 M.Phil, Human Physiology, University of Madras, India Sep. 1992 M.S Advanced Biology, University of Madras, India Apr. 1991 Experience
Lone Star College System, TX Jun. 2009 – Dec.2010
Adjunct Faculty - Biology
● Spring 2011- Biology 2402: Human Anatomy & Physiology II
● Fall 2010- Biology 1406: Biology I for Majors
● Spring 2010- Biology 1408: Introductory Biology I for Non Majors
● Summer 09- Biology 1409: Introductory Biology II for Non Majors Texas A&M University, College Station, TX Jan.1998- Aug.2002 Graduate Assistant
● Graduate Teaching Assistant/Substitute teacher for Graduate Advisor for multiple undergraduate classes.
● Proctored undergraduate lecture and lab exams for graduate Advisor.
● Mentored Masters level (M.S) students on laboratory protocols in Molecular
Biology and Immunology.
MGR Medical University, Madras, India Oct. 1992– May 1996 Professor – Biology
● Designed original student centered curriculum with corresponding lectures and lab activities.
● Conducted lecture and laboratory classes for graduate students of professional medical programs in basic and advanced Biology, Human Anatomy and Physiology, Immunology and Molecular Biology.
● Prepared students for state level medical board exam and increased the test scores by 30%. Two of the students were placed state first in Anatomy and Physiology.
● Coordinated the schedules of guest lectures and the process of identifying and coordinating external examiners for the final exams.
● Delivered guest lectures in multiple areas of Biology at several educational institutions across India.
● Actively participated on a team of biology teachers to create common formative assessments and cooperative learning opportunities. Adapted and updated curriculum to keep content relevant for students. Created student-centered learning targets, serving to guide lesson and assessments objectives University of Texas, MD. Anderson Cancer Center,
Houston TX Sep-2008 – Nov-2008
Research Scientist – Department of Experimental Therapeutics
● Developed Animal model for human inflammatory breast cancer.
● Evaluated the role of signaling molecules, inflammatory cytokines and phosphorylated proteins using array based approaches to accelerate the discovery of novel targets for more effective therapeutics for treatment of Inflammatory breast cancer.
Lexicon Pharmaceuticals, The Woodlands, TX June 2005 – June 2008 Associate Scientist – Department of Immunology
● Conducted comprehensive in vivo and in vitro phenotypic studies for the identification and validation of novel drug targets using knockout mice, human and mouse cell lines. Disease models include arthritis, asthma, flu, experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE), inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), autoimmune hepatitis and contact hypersensitivity.
● Trained and mentored new members of the department on various immunological techniques and in vivo models.
● Performed laboratory management and housekeeping duties including, tracking and estimating FTEs for advanced Research projects. Texas A&M University, College Station Jan 1998 - Aug. 2002 Doctoral Research
Dissertation:Engineered Antibody Fragments (Anti F5 ScFv) Block ETEC F5+ Adhesion to Isolated Calf Enterocytes.
Anti F5 ScFv fragments were constructed from antibody producing hybridoma cells by PCR amplification of variable heavy and light chain fragments. The ScFv thus constructed was cloned into E. coli strains using recombinant antibody phage display technology for the production of soluble ScFv. The ScFv produced was shown to inhibit F5 pili induced hemagglutination of horse red blood cells, and adhesion of F5 pili to isolated calf enterocytes thereby proving the specificity and efficacy of the anti F5 ScFv.
University of Madras, India June 1991 – Sept 1992
Dissertation:Certain Non-specific Immune Parameters in Central and Peripheral immunization.
Studied the magnitude of innate immune response in albino rats immunized in the third ventricle (central nervous system) and compared the immune response with those of albino rats immunized intraperitoneally.
● S. Bhaskaran, C.M. Jay, L.R. Berghman, G.G. Wagner and S.D. Waghela 2005. A single chain fragment variable recombinant antibody against F5 fimbria of enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli inhibits agglutination of horse red blood cells induced by F5 protein. Vet Res. Comm. 29:463-476.
● Jay, C.M., S. Bhaskaran, G.G. Wagner and S.D. Waghela. 2005. The loss of hemagglutination activity of the enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli K99 Pili following treatment with enzymes or chemicals that destroy the conformational structure.JAVA 4:83-89.
● C. Jay, S. Bhaskaran, K.S. Rathore and S.D. Waghela 2004. Enterotoxigenic K99+ Escherichia coli attachment to host cell receptors inhibited by recombinant pili protein. Veterinary Microbiology.101:153-160.
● R. Sheela Devi, Shoba Bhaskaran, A. R. Jayakumar, R. Muthusamy, and A. Namasivayam 1995. Peripheral immune response in albino rats following cerebroventricular and intraperitoneal antigen challenge. Indian. J. Physiol. Pharmacol. 39:354-360.
● Presented a seminar entitled "Preventing E.coli Attachment to Calf Enterocytes by a Recombinant Antibody to the Bacterial Adhesin F5. June 17th 2002 Department of Pathology, College of Veterinary Medicine- Texas A&M University.
● Presented a seminar entitled ‘Neutrophil function after central and peripheral immunization’ in the scientific session of the Indian Association of Biomedical Scientists, XIII Annual conference, Trivandrum, India. Aug. 1992.